Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Cuthbert, monk (634-687)

Readings of the Day
RB: Prol. 21-32
Mass: Col 1:1-8; Resp Ps 52; Lk 4:38-44

I trust in the mercy of God forever.

First, a bit of news. Pope Francis left this morning for his 31st apostolic visit abroad. The Holy Father set off for Africa to visit the people of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius. Let us join him as he requests: "I ask you to accompany me in prayer, so that this pastoral visit may bring the desired fruits." Mary, Solus Populi Romani, pray for us.

Now with reflections on the Word proclaimed today. One of the things I like about St Paul's Epistles is the way he begins with a greeting. After introducing himself, St Paul greets the Colossians in this way: "To the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father. We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you …" What if we greeted those we address in an email or meet in a similar way? I think of the porter of the monastery, who according to St Benedict's instructions, is to greet visitors who knock at the door with, "'Thanks be to God' or 'Your blessing, please'; then, with all gentleness that comes from the fear of God, the porter provides a prompt answer with the warmth of love" (RB 66:3-4). May we be so blessed and bless others with the love of Christ that dwells in our hearts.

I will thank you always for what you have done, and proclaim the goodness of your name before your faithful ones.
(Ps 52)

Not to us, Lord, not to us give the glory, but to your name alone.
By God's grace I am what I am.
She who boasts should make her boast in the Lord.
(RB Prol 30-32).


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